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Wildlife Health and Conservation Dissertation (VET6531)
|Organisational Unit||Veterinary Medicine|
|Availability||MURDOCH: H-internal, H-external, S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, Y-internal, Y-external|
|Teaching Timetables||Murdoch S1
|Description||Students undertake an advanced, supervised investigation of a research problem related to the area of Wildlife Health and Conservation. They will report on the rationale, methods and results of the research and will be assessed on the basis of the quality of a dissertation and an oral presentation. Topics are applied in nature, and will be chosen in consultation with the Unit Coordinator and the supervisor.|
|Unit Learning Outcomes||1. Plan a proposal for independent research and justify it on the basis of a critical review of relevant literature.
2. Demonstrate comprehension of and adherence to relevant OHS and animal welfare provisions by obtaining all relevant permits for the research project.
3. Maintain data records to the high standards necessary for lodgment of records in open access scientific databases.
4. Analyse hypotheses statistically and draw robust conclusions from data.
5. Evaluate and present research findings in the form a major written report and spoken seminars.
|Timetabled Learning Activities||Learning activities will be flexible based on the nature of the research proposal and activities, and will be decided with the student by week 2 of the starting semester.|
|Unit Learning Experiences||Students will undertake a research dissertation for a topic or issue related to their main area of study. The research project will be developed in conjunction with an appointed supervisor, in discussion with the unit co-ordinator. Assessment will comprise a research proposal, a formal thesis of 10,000 words, and an oral presentation. The thesis format will vary depending on the topic but usually follows a basic scientific report ie abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion followed by references.|
|Assessment||Research Proposal (2000 words) - including a literature review and background to the study, aims/objectives of the study, and proposed research methods and budget - 20%. Research Report/Dissertation (10,000 words) - including abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion followed by references - 65%. Presentation (15 minutes) - Powerpoint slide - 15%.|
|Prerequisites||Students must be enrolled in the following:
Master of Wildlife Health and Conservation (M1232) or the Master of Veterinary Studies in Conservation Medicine (M1122).
|Notes||Dissertations will normally involve a supervisor from Murdoch staff, and potentially another supervisor or collaborators according to the nature of the dissertation topic. Students will be assessed by two nominated supervisors. Enrolment in this unit is subject to approval by the Academic Chair. Students enrolling in this unit must discuss their options for research topics with the unit co-ordinator in advance of enrolment.|
|Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.|